Staff

 
Ceci.jpg

Dr. Cecilia M. Cardesa-Lusardi
Executive Director

Dr. Cardesa-Lusardi joined MAP in June 2017 and is responsible for its overall leadership and management. She brings into her management expertise a trauma-informed approach on the role of trauma and resilience among individuals, organizations and communities.

Dr. Cardesa-Lusardi studied Political Science at Villanova University. As a graduate student on Holocaust and Genocide Studies at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Cecilia was moved by the architectural use of space memorializing memory after a visit to the Garden of Exile at the Jewish Museum in Berlin.Her master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania was on the Role of Storytelling in Social Value Creation.

Cecilia’s doctoral dissertation at the University of Pennsylvania looked into Situating Traumatic Memory in Social Value Creation. While in graduate school, Cecilia served as planning committee member for the 2013 Wharton Social Impact Conference.

 
Richard Prebil

Richard Prebil, Director, Veterans Administrative Law Division

Richard serves as Director of the Veterans Administrative Law Division and is an Equal Justice Works Fellow (sponsored by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP). He joined the MAP staff in January 2017 as the Assistant Director of the Division to help foster and grow the practice area. He is a graduate of the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.

He holds a JD from the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and a B.A. in History & Legal Studies from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

 
MAP square.jpg

Harry Lepore

 

Intake Specialist
 

Harry serves as Intake Specialist for the Military Assistance Project.

 

2018 Summer Law Interns

Steven Chaplar, Public Interest Intern

Facetune_23-05-2018-23-59-03.jpg

Steven Chaplar, Public Interest Intern

Steven is a rising 3L studying law at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.  He joined MAP as an intern for the summer of 2018, and will assist veterans in accessing and navigating civil legal services.  He brings experience from previous internships and clinic work to promote client-oriented legal services.  Steven previously served in the United States Marine Corps as a marine musician from 2006-2010.  He received his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

Jillian Casarella, Public Interest Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Intern

Facetune_23-05-2018-23-59-49.jpg

Jillian Casarella, Public Interest Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Intern

Jillian is a rising 2L at the Kline School of Law at Drexel University. She graduated from Ursinus College in 2017 with a major in Psychology and minor in Neuroscience. Jillian is thrilled to be working with MAP this summer to pursue her interest in aiding those who need help the most, especially when working with veterans and, specifically, service members dealing with traumatic brain injuries.

 

James K. Kelly, Public Interest Intern

Facetune_24-05-2018-00-01-51.jpg

James K. Kelly, Public Interest Intern

Jim is a rising 2L at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. He joined MAP in May 2018 as a Public Interest Summer Intern, assisting clients on legal matters, handling cases in both the Administrative Law and Consumer Law Divisions. Jim graduated from Loyola University Maryland in May 2017 with a B.A. in History and in Political Science. While at Loyola, he researched and wrote a grant-funded paper entitled "Faith and Football at the University of Notre Dame." He has practical experience interning at different law firms, and hopes to combine his passion for service with his legal skills in service of the clients.

 

Brianna Sandroni, Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Corps Summer Fellow

Facetune_24-05-2018-00-00-52.jpg

Brianna Sandroni, Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Corps Summer Fellow

Brianna is a rising second year law student at Temple University Beasley School of Law. Brianna joined MAP in May 2018. As a legal intern, Brianna provides support to MAP attorneys representing veterans in both the consumer and administrative law division. Brianna received her BA in Psychology and Italian from New York University. Brianna also serves as treasurer for the executive board of the Justinian Society at Temple Law. Passionate about serving our nation's heroes, she hopes to forge a legal career steeped in service.